Gmail Is Having Issues On Android For Many

At some point last night, it looks like Google changed something on their servers that broke the Gmail app on Android. Here are the details, as well as a workaround so you don't have to go email-less.

The issue has popped up as a Google Code bug, as well as on the Google Play page for Gmail and Android forums everywhere. Apparently, many users are experiencing an issue where Gmail can't open their primary account; instead, it just flickers and tries to reload the inbox without ever displaying it. Notifications still come through, and secondary accounts are still accessible, but primary accounts just won't work. There doesn't seem to be a common denominator that we can find, so we don't know who exactly is affected. It hasn't affected everyone, either (in fact, my Gmail is working just fine).

If you're having this problem, though, there is a simple thing you can do to get by until Google releases a fix. Just open up Android's generic Email app, log in with your Google credentials, and you should be able to access your inbox — no advanced IMAP settings required. You won't be able to archive emails or use any other Gmail-specific features, but at least you'll be able to read your email while we wait for Google to push out a fix. If you have this problem and know of another fix or workaround, be sure to let us know in the comments.


    Anybody else having issues with opening attachments sometimes? I've had a couple of pdfs that can never be opened on my android but instead just keeps saying "fetching attachment"; whilst other pdfs/files are fine. Only started to notice it recently.

    Mmm, I just use the Gmail web page in Dolphin. Seems to solve a few of the issues.

    No problem here. Wonder what version of Android people are running that have this problem (my phone is on 2.3.7 and tablet on 4.0.3).

    No problem here either, running CM7 with the app up to date.

    I experienced this on my tab, Acer Itona. But my phone works ok, an old Htc desire. Use while I wait.

    Since today morning (2012.03.23), cannot use GMail, actually, I would even say, cannot use my phone normally. My Nexus S (I9020AUCKF1) is not "rooted". Android 2.3.6. I have an idea, may be affected are only those Google users using two-step verification login (password + pin)??? No?

    It seems Google guys releasing the apps onto people without any testing.there are several bugs in gmail 2 stage login process but they will never fix it. and there are lot of design issues.

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